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08.09.05
South West Pesca Recruit New Fisheries Project Officer

South West Pesca Ltd, who facilitate the Objective One Fisheries Programme, have a new addition to the team. Robin Davies has taken over as the new Fisheries Project Officer.

In 1997 Robin gained an MSc in 'Shellfish Biology, Fisheries and Culture' from the University of Wales, Bangor after which he read for a PhD in Marine Biology from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Whilst at Galway Robin researched alternative methods of otter and beam trawling and worked aboard commercial trawlers fishing off the west coast of Ireland. After this he worked for the Irish Sea Fisheries Board (BIM) as an Inshore Fisheries Development Officer covering County Cork. During this time he helped oversee the introduction of a new inshore fisheries management plan and played an active role in fisheries research projects and surveys.

Robin's role at South West Pesca is to develop fisheries projects so that they can benefit from EU funding. He will assist fishermen, fish processors, merchants and port managers to fill in application forms, write business plans and provide the required information for submission to Defra. Robin will guide applicants throughout the application process until the project is completed.

At present priority is being given to projects that will improve fish quality, particularly on board fishing vessels. Recent trials conducted by Seafood Cornwall have proved the merits of using insulated plastic tubs to keep fish at a cooler temperature onboard. Fishermen are encouraged to apply for grants to purchase insulated boxes. Grants of up to 40% are available. If you would like to apply for a grant to purchase insulated bins, or have any other project ideas, please call Robin on 01872 270333.

Robin Davies, Project Officer of South West Pesca commented: "I am very pleased to have this opportunity to work with fishermen and processors throughout the county assisting them to secure funding for projects that will help to safeguard the future sustainability of the industry."

Clare Leverton, Programme Manager of South West Pesca added: "Robin has already helped several processors and fishermen with successful applications and will be visiting all ports in the near future to promote the grants."

Further information contact Clare Leverton, Objective One Fisheries Programme Manager on 01872 270333.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the fisheries programme through the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG).

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Editor's notes:

Objective One Fisheries Programme

Cornwall's Objective One Fisheries programme will provide over £10 million from April 2001 to March 2006 to the fishing industry in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The funds are a mixture of EU and national funds, through the Financial Instruments for Fisheries Guidance fund (FIFG) and the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

The projects are approved by Defra in partnership with an Objective One Fisheries Management Group, made up of local fishing sector representatives. South West Pesca Ltd assists applicants to develop projects by providing guidance and help on completing application forms and submitting applications.

Up to 40% (35% EU and 5% National) grants are available for the private sector projects and 75% grants for the public sector projects. So far 213 projects have been approved with £6,675,782.60 of funds committed to these projects.

Examples of projects funded by the Objective One Programme:

Vessel Modernisation:
Adoption of sustainable fishing methods, maximising fish quality on board fishing vessels, and improvements to crew comfort and working conditions
Improvement of fishing ports
Processing and marketing of fishery and aquaculture products
Product promotion
Projects by members of the trade of collective benefit to the fishing industry
Innovative measures
Aquaculture
Protection and development of aquatic resources by fixed of movable Structures

 

For further information contact:
Clare Leverton, South West Pesca Ltd, Trevint House, Strangways Villas, Truro, TR1 2PA
Tel: 01872 270333
Fax: 01872 242470
www.swpesca.co.uk

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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